Planning a Trip to Sydney? Stay Like a Local in these Stylish Vacation Rentals

Villas that charm in Australia’s Emerald City

Sea, surf, and sun—if these three items are on your travel must-have list, Sydney is for you. Each of the city’s neighborhoods has its own charm and its own local bucket list; explore Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge, and Taronga Zoo, but leave some time to just chill back at one of these villas, because they’re bucket list items all on their own.

Birchgrove Wharf Road, Birchgrove

Stylish vacation rentals in Sydney: Birchgrove Wharf RoadBirchgrove is one of Sydney’s most prestigious neighborhoods. The upscale peninsula suburb in Sydney’s Inner West has a laid-back village vibe and is dotted with coffee bars, pubs, and organic markets. One of the area’s main draws is the picturesque Sydney Harbor, and Birchgrove Wharf Road villa is just steps away. An Australian getaway here allows you to enjoy the large private dock or take a quick ferry ride into downtown Sydney. The oceanfront home sports an impressive outdoor entertainment deck with room for 50 people and a swimming pool. The home also has two kitchens, each with its own dining area.

From Birchgrove, you’re within 15 kilometers of three different beaches, and close enough to pay a visit to the boutiques in Balmain, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and more great attractions.

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Kambala, Bellevue Hill

Stylish vacation rentals in Sydney: KambalaLooking for a family vacation home for a trip to Sydney? Look no further than Kambala, perfectly suited for families traveling together. The master bedrooms are en-suite, while the two other bedrooms share a bathroom, ideal for the kids. There’s even a nursery. The backyard pool is surrounded by a glass barrier, so you can let the kids run free in the grass without a worry.

We all know Australia can be scorching hot, but Kambala offers plenty of ways to beat the heat. The shaded outdoor sitting area is the perfect place to cool off when the simmering Sydney sun reaches peak heat. With average temperatures in the 70s throughout the summer (December through February in Australia), you’ll be thankful for air-conditioning throughout the home. And if you’re still seeking refreshment, we recommend an afternoon cocktail. When it’s time to explore, some of Sydney’s best golf courses are in the area: Woollahra Golf Club and The Royal Sydney Golf Club are both a short drive away.

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Balmoral Beach Views, Mosman

Stylish vacation rentals in Sydney: Balmoral Beach ViewsBalmoral Beach Views feels both retro and futuristic at once. The upstairs living area’s retro furniture and groovy carpet bring us back to another era, while the minimalist white and wood design and high-end amenities like home automation return us to the present. Navigating this home is an indoor-outdoor experience, where cozy indoor spaces with heated floors seamlessly flow out through sliding glass walls.

The ground floor terrace leads out to a long pool surrounded by grass and gardens. The second-floor balcony stretches the length of the property and overlooks the Pacific Ocean and thanks to large bay windows, every room on the home’s northside shares that magnificent view. The villa is just a seven-minute walk from the iconic and family-friendly Balmoral Beach, where you can watch runners, dog-walkers, and paddlers make their way down the bay.

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Mavi, Palm Beach

Stylish vacation rentals in Sydney: MaviYou’re never too far from the water at Mavi villa in Sydney’s exclusive Palm Beach, known to locals as Palmy. Mavi is oceanfront to some of the most spectacular views in the area, which you can enjoy from each of the home’s three floors.

Life at Mavi is scenic, yet completely private. The poolside dining table seats 10 and looks out over the Pacific Ocean creating the perfect setting for a sunset dinner. A smaller dining table is nestled into a nook at the side of the home. The villa’s three bedrooms each open to a private balcony with ocean views.

From Palm Beach, you can day trip just a few miles north to the tip of the peninsula and Barrenjoey Head. Take a guided tour of the limestone Barrenjoey Lighthouse for sweeping views from the top, walk along the scenic trail, or stop for a fresh lunch of fish and chips at the waterfront Boathouse Palm Beach.

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Cabarita Apartment, Avalon

Stylish vacation rentals in Sydney: Cabarita ApartmentCabarita backs onto the ocean and gives you access to a private dock, which invites you to walk to the end and let your feet hang off and the wind blow in your hair. The apartment is perched high above the beach and is reached via a long flight of stairs, but an inclinator (a kind of mini cable car) is installed to transport you up to the top on the days you don’t feel like walking. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening glass of wine on the side of the house where a bistro-style patio set creates the perfect setting to watch the sun rise or fall. When you’re indoors, glass doors ensure the home is always well-lit by Sydney’s year-round sunshine.

This home is positioned perfectly to take advantage of Avalon, a beach town with a surf culture and laid back vibe. What was once a vacation town, Avalon is now a popular destination for full-time residents, and we can see why. Take a break from your day at one of the local cafes or rent a “tinnie” (a small aluminum boat) to venture out and explore the secluded beaches nearby.

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